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Fried Brussel sprouts with chipotle aïoli, lime and chili

Fried Brussel sprouts with chipotle aïoli, lime and chili

Ingredients

Chipotle aïoli
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp. chipotle in adobo
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. finely minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Brussels sprouts
2 lb. Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese
1 bunch cilantro
2 limes
Canola oil, for frying
Salt, to taste
Chili flakes (optional)


Brussels sprouts get taken to the next level with the addition of lime and a chipotle aïoli!

Directions

For aïoli: Place yolks, chipotle, lemon juice, garlic, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse to combine.

With processor on, slowly pour in oil. Process for 1 minute or until aïoli forms. Turn processor off, scrap sides and process again until combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. Makes about 1 cup. Any extra can be used on sandwiches or hamburgers. 

For Brussels sprouts: Grate Manchego on a course cheese grater, rough chop cilantro and cut each lime into 6 wedges. Set aside until ready to plate. 

Trim off the bottoms of the Brussels sprouts and remove outer leaves. Using a paring knife, score the tops twice, quartering each sprout halfway down and leaving lower half intact. (This will help the sprout "bloom" and cook through when fried, resulting in a crispier sprout.) 

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. Place Brussels sprouts in a wire basket and fry for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and toss with salt. Place a big swipe of chipotle aïoli on a plate, top with seasoned Brussels sprouts and generously garnish with Manchego, cilantro, chili flakes and lime wedges. 

Serves 1 to 2